A tale of two brothers, The Cold Millions is a period piece with an ageless message. Jess Walter navigates the gaps between the haves and the have-nots, dreams and reality to create a fascinating, entertaining, amusing and, at times, heartbreaking tour de force. Another stunning, can't-miss novel from a writer at the top of his game.
The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins delivers another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century.The Dolans live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his older brother, Gig, dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Enter Ursula the Great, a vaudeville singer who performs with a live cougar and introduces the brothers to a far more dangerous creature: a mining magnate determined to keep his wealth and his hold on Ursula.
Dubious of Gig’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. But a storm is coming, threatening to overwhelm them all, and Rye will be forced to decide where he stands. Is it enough to win the occasional battle, even if you cannot win the war?
An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, it is a tour de force from a “writer who has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors” (Boston Globe).
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About the Author
Jess Walter is the author of six novels, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, which was described by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as a "literary miracle"; the National Book Award finalist The Zero; and Citizen Vince, the winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. His short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines as well as The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading .
Date of Birth:July 20, 1965
Place of Birth:Spokane, Washington
Education:B.A., Eastern Washington University, 1987